The wristwatch boasts a pretty illustrious history. Queen Elizabeth I was one of the first-known women to possess one, gifted to her by lifelong friend and would-be suitor Robert Dudley in 1571. After receiving the royal seal of approval, it became a sacrosanct closet essential – exclusively worn by women. In fact, men didn’t trade in their pocket watches until well into the 20th century.
With the gifting season just around the corner, now’s the time to decide which piece is right for you. For a classic, androgynous design, it’s hard to beat IWC Schaffhausen. Check out Cartier’s sleek, oval Baignoire for something elegant and feminine that will elevate your workweek style. For an extra touch of flair, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s signature Reverso is the perfect everyday watch, or for some major evening glamour, treat yourself to Vacheron Constantin’s rose-gold Patrimony, which is encrusted with diamonds on the bezel, dial and bracelet.
What should you wear it with? It goes without saying that these are perfectly at home paired with a high-octane evening dress, but they’re even better added to blue jeans with a white tee for a touch of elegance in the everyday.
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